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Women At DC Comics Watch – October 2014 Solicits

July 17, 2014

womenatdcOCTOBER

This month’s DC Comics solicits report is aka. the Marguerite Bennett show. She’s got a big month lined up, along with a slew of other female creators and a few new books starring female characters as well. October should be a busy, exciting month for DC Comics, so let’s take a look at what’s coming up:

  • For New 52 writers, Ann Nocenti is on Klarion #1, Genevieve Valentine pens Catwoman #1, Becky Cloonan co-writes Gotham Academy #1, Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #11 and Harley Quinn Annual #1, and Marguerite Bennett co-writes Earth 2 #7 and Earth 2: World’s End #1-4 (it’s weekly).
  • For New 52 art, Meghan Hetrick is drawing Batman: Eternal #28, Babs Tarr is drawing Batgirl #35, Jan Duursema is doing a variant cover for Grayson #3, Becky Cloonan is doing covers for Gotham Academy #1 and Detective Comics #35, and Amanda Conner is doing covers for Harley Quinn #11 and Harley Quinn Annual #1.
  • Outside of the New 52, Marguerite Bennett co-writes Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Two Annual #1, Cat Staggs is doing the cover for Smallville Season 11: Chaos #3, Marguerite Sauvage is illustrating a story in Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #3, and Georgia Ball is writing Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #50.
  • For Vertigo, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay have art in Bodies #4 while Jenny Frison is doing the cover, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #12, Celia Calle is doing the cover for The Names #2, Marguerite Sauvage is doing the cover for Hinterkind #12, Yuko Shimizu is the cover artist for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #10, and the Vertigo Quarterly: Yellow #1 features writing from Marguerite Bennett and art from Toril Orlesky.
  • In terms of new books, Power Girl and Huntress look to have a big role in the new Earth 2: World’s End weekly series, Arkham Manor has a woman, perhaps Poison Ivy, front and centre on the cover, Gotham Academy has a female lead, and the new Trinity of Sin co-stars Pandora.
  • There are also some cool creative shake-ups, with new takes on Batgirl and Catwoman premiering in October.

So yeah, it’s quite a month for women at DC! All together, 17 different women are working on 21 different titles in October, an impressive jump from September’s 13 and 12 as well as the highest combined total we’ve seen since this project launched nearly three years ago. These are great numbers, but as always please remember that the number of male creators in DC’s solicits is still in triple digits. Things are getting better, but female creators remain a very small minority.

What’s especially nice about this month’s solicits are all the new names. It’s always great to see old favourites, but new female creators are what is really going to change the industry. While it’s a bummer that there’s no Gail Simone this month, for perhaps the first time since this project began (she’ll be back soon with a new project, though!), growing the ranks of female creators at DC is a very positive thing. DC finally seems to be thinking outside of their dusty old rolodex and actively seeking new talent, and that is an exciting shift.

Also exciting are the new and revamped female characters debuting in October. Gotham Academy looks like an absolute blast, and the new Batgirl has already inspired a mountain of fan art. I’m excited for the new Catwoman as well; the book got off to a bad start with the New 52 and hasn’t yet found its footing in the new universe, and hopefully this will sort it out.

Overall, October looks pretty awesome for DC. The new books are garnering lots of excitement, and this explosion of new female talent is an extremely welcome change of pace for DC. Here’s hoping we get more of the same next month!

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – September 2014 Solicits

July 4, 2014

womenatmarvelSEPTEMBER

I’m still catching up on a few things, post-vacation, and one of them is the Marvel solicits for September. Yet again, they aren’t very good for female creators or new female characters, which is unfortunate. Marvel is capable of so much better. Let’s go through their September 2014 solicits:

  • For writers, Kelly Sue DeConnick is on Captain Marvel #7, G. Willow Wilson pens Ms. Marvel #8, and Robin Furth is co-writing Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner #1 and Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner #2 (the book double-ships in September).
  • For artists, Stephanie Hans is doing a variant cover for Storm #3 and Sara Pichelli is doing the cover for All-New X-Men #32.
  • And that’s it.
  • For new books, the Death of Wolverine is the big new thing, shipping weekly throughout the month. There are also some Spider-Verse tie-ins, including Edge of Spider-Verse #2 which features a universe where Gwen Stacey is the webbed superhero. There are also two new licensed properties, Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner and George Romero’s Empire of the Dead: Act Two, neither of which appear to have much in the way of female characters.

All together, the September solicits list 5 different female creators working on 6 different books, a very slight increase from August’s 5 and 5. This is pitiful. There are vast numbers of skilled female creators out there, many of whom Marvel has hired before, so only having 5 across more than 70 comics books is just inexcusable. Great women creators are out there and not difficult to find. I really don’t understand why they’re not hitting double digits with ease each month.

If we want to look on the positive side, last September Marvel had only 3 different women working on 4 different books, so I suppose they’ve gone from terrible to a little bit less terrible over the course of a year. Well done!

In terms of female characters, while an issue about Gwen Stacey as Spider-Woman sounds like a lot of fun, it’s a one-and-done story that won’t be back next month. It’s a relatively quiet month for new titles at Marvel, so technically a female-led story is decent representation, but it’s not lasting representation by any means.

Overall, these numbers are awful. The five female creators are fantastic talents, but only five is appallingly few. Marvel is capable of so much better. There are more ladies working on Lumberjanes than there are in the whole of Marvel’s September solicits. It’s ridiculous.

Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, April 2014 In Review

July 3, 2014

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The latest “Gendercrunching” article is up over at Bleeding Cool, and DC yet again retained the higher percentage of female creators.

Both publishers were down in April, but DC came in at 12.1% female creators overall, while Marvel trailed behind at 10.5% overall, making this the fifth month in a row that DC’s topped Marvel. Marvel really needs to get it together; there was a time when they beat DC for about a year straight.

We also check in on some other publishers: Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, and Boom. There are some encouraging numbers from each publisher, as well as significant growth for 3 of the 4 of them, and the highest numbers we’ve ever seen from any publisher courtesy of Boom.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the “Gendercrunching” fun!

Women At DC Comics Watch – September 2014 Solicits

June 24, 2014

womenatdcSEPTEMBER

After a stellar August, a drop in female creators isn’t a big shock, particularly with another big DC event in September. DC’s September events rarely feature many female creators and “Futures End” is no exception, but luckily the rest of the publisher’s line, particularly Vertigo, picked up some of the slack and the end result was a decent, albeit down batch of solicits. Let’s take a look:

  • For New 52 writers, Gail Simone is on Batgirl: Futures End #1, Christy Marx pens Birds of Prey: Futures End #1, and Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn: Futures End #1.
  • For New 52 art, Emanuela Lupacchino is on interior art for Supergirl: Futures End #1, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover for Catwoman: Futures End #1, and Amanda Conner is drawing the cover for Harley Quinn: Futures End #1.
  • Outside of the New 52, Kelly Sue DeConnick is writing a story in Adventures of Superman #17 and Cat Staggs is doing the cover for Smallville Season 11: Chaos #2.
  • Over at Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #11, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are on interior art for Bodies #3, Celia Calle is doing the cover for The Names #1, Marguerite Sauvage is doing the cover for Hinterkind #11, and Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #9.
  • While all of the “Futures End” books are technically first issues, they’re all just continuations of current New 52 titles so there’s really not much in the way of new characters there, though Batgirl does appear to feature a team of Batgirls, which is very fun. The only bona fide new book is Vertigo’s The Names, a mini-series with a female lead who investigates the mysterious death of her Wall Street trader husband.

All together, there are 13 different women scheduled to appear in 12 different books in September, down 3 and 4 respectively from August. That’s a notable drop, but considering the lack of female creators in “Futures End” and it being an unusually quiet month from the non-New 52, licensed properties department, it’s not too bad. It’s well into double digits, which is always good to see, and certainly more than Marvel’s been able to muster as of late.

We’ve also got some new names at Vertigo with Celia Calle and Marguerite Sauvage doing some covers. It’s always good to see new female creators pop up in the solicits, and I look forward to more work from both of them in the future.

The only new book featuring a female lead is a nice change as well. Usually when there’s only one or two new titles in a month, they tend to be dominated by male characters; female-led books generally slip in alongside three or four male-led books. Vertigo has a solid track record launching new series with female leads lately, and is certainly topping their superhero counterparts proportionally in both female creators and characters as of late.

Overall, it’s a down month and, as always, the number of female creators is dwarfed by the hundreds of men making comics at DC, but at the same time it is a relatively solid month for women at DC. With the superhero line returning to normal in October, I’d expect some better numbers then, though there may be some shifting around as cancellations and new series come into play. I can think of one loss and one gain off the top of my head already, but hopefully the gains win out and the numbers improve.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – August 2014 Solicits

June 3, 2014

womenatmarvelAUGUST

Well, this is pretty terrible. Marvel’s done a swell job adding books with female leads over the past few months, though there are no new books of any kind in August, but their female creator numbers have been rough and are only getting worse. Before we go through the solicits, keep in mind that DC has 22 female creator credits in their August solicits. Here we go:

  • For writers, Kelly Sue DeConnick is on Captain Marvel #6 and G. Willow Wilson is on Ms. Marvel #7.
  • For artists, Jordie Bellaire is coloring Moon Knight #6, Stephanie Hans has a variant cover for New Avengers #22, and Emma Rios is doing a variant cover for Uncanny Avengers #23.
  • And that’s it. That’s every female creator in Marvel’s August solicits.
  • Also, there’s someone named Jeun-Siik Ahn doing a variant for Original Sin #8, and I can’t find them anywhere on the internet, so in terms of categorization they are currently unknown.
  • There are no new comics, but Marvel is putting out Marvel 75th Anniversary Magazine #1 which features 16 characters on the cover, 14 men and 2 women. The women are Captain Marvel and Black Widow.

The female creator numbers are paltry. Last month there were 8 different women on 9 different books, and now we’re at 5 different women on 5 different books. And again, DC had 22 female creator gigs overall, in case you’ve forgotten in the time it took me to relay those five names to you. I don’t know what’s going on with Marvel, but these numbers are embarrassing. In this day and age, with so many fantastic female creators out there, it should be impossible not to hit double digits every month. There are far so many great women writers and artists doing fantastic work right now that to not hire scores of them is just ridiculous.

Of course, the women Marvel does hire are super good. These are five wonderful creators. But only five is ludicrous. Plus, not a single interior penciller or inker. And really, Jordie Bellaire’s presence in the solicits is an oddity, since there are no other colorists listed on any of the other books; Bellaire is one of the best colorists on the planet, but colorists usually aren’t part of the solicits. On an apples to apples count of cover artists, writers, pencillers, and inkers, there are only 4 women listed in Marvel’s August solicits.

We had slightly worse numbers from Marvel with last fall’s solicits, and now they’re slipping again. It’s bizarre that Marvel is doing relatively well with female characters, both in numbers and how they’re presented, but are doing so poorly with female creators, while we’ve got the reverse over at DC. I really don’t understand why strong representation for both female creators and characters seems so impossible to sustain. Marvel really needs to step up their game, because August’s totals are shameful.

Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, March 2014 In Review

May 30, 2014

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The new “Gendercrunching” column is up over at Bleeding Cool, and DC topped Marvel for the highest percentage of female creators yet again, though the gap is getting ever smaller.

DC Comics were at 12.5% female creators overall, and also boasted the first all-female issue we’ve seen since this project began. Marvel came in at 12.1%, but remained behind DC for the fourth straight month.

We also take a look at DC’s “Futures End” solicits for their September event month, and stack them up against DC’s last three big events. While the numbers are slightly better than we’ve seen in past years, they’re still very, very small. Progress is glacial.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the “Gendercrunching” fun, and check out their article about Marvel getting rid of the Fantastic Four while you’re at it. It seems so crazy that it just might be true.

Women At DC Comics Watch – August 2014 Solicits

May 29, 2014

womenatdcAUGUST

August looks like a very busy month for female creators at DC, with several women set for multiple gigs across every division of the publisher. There’s also some good news for female characters in terms of new series, though it’s counteracted with some unfortunate cancellations. Let’s dig into the August 2014 solicits:

  • For writers in the New 52, Gail Simone is on Batgirl #34, Ann Nocenti pens Catwoman #34, Christy Marx writes Birds of Prey #34, and Amanda Conner is co-writing Harley Quinn #9 and Harley Quinn #10.
  • In terms of New 52 art, Nicola Scott is pencilling Earth 2 #26, Emanuela Lupacchino is on interior art for Supergirl #34, Meghan Hetrick is doing a variant cover for New Suicide Squad #2, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover for Catwoman #34, and Amanda Conner is doing cover for Harley Quinn #9 and Harley Quinn #10.
  • Outside of the New 52, Gail Simone and Amanda Deibert are writing stories for the digital-first series Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #1, which also features art by Cat Staggs. Staggs is doing covers for Smallville Season 11: Chaos #1 and Smallville Season 11 Special #5, as well. Ming Doyle and Tula Lotay both have art in Adventures of Superman #16, and Teen Titans Go! #5 features writing by Amy Wolfram and art by Lea Hernandez.
  • Over at Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #10, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are on interior art for Bodies #2, and Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #8.
  • For new series, Wonder Woman’s got a new book, the aforementioned Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman, which will have new, out of continuity stories by different creators in every issue. The Multiversity #1 launches in August too, and features Mary Marvel on the cover.
  • In sad news, the last issue of Birds of Prey comes out in August, and Worlds’ Finest is losing Power Girl and Huntress and replacing them with Superman and Batman after the August issue.

All together, there are 16 different women working on 16 different books in August, one less woman than in July but two more titles. Plus that count doesn’t paint the most accurate picture, seeing as so many women a) have multiple gigs, and b) are working on the same books. There are 22 female credits in the solicits overall; they just break down into 16 and 16. This is one of the strongest months we’ve seen from DC since we started keeping an eye on the solicits.

For female characters, a new book for Wonder Woman is long overdue, and luckily it sounds absolutely fantastic. Losing Birds of Prey is quite a blow, though. It’s been a mainstay of female representation for ages as the publisher’s only real female team book, and it’s also been good at rotating the cast a bit and showcasing different female characters alongside Black Canary, Barbara Gordon, and some of the other fixtures of the series. The changes to Worlds’ Finest are disheartening as well. Power Girl and the Huntress were two of the most popular female characters at DC before the relaunch, and while their new incarnations were different it’s unfortunate to see them replaced with men. I hear they’ll be in the Earth 2 weekly book that launches in October, though, so that’s something.

Overall, August is looking good for female creators at DC, while somewhat bittersweet for female characters. Sensation Comics looks great, and let’s cross our fingers for a Birds of Prey relaunch soon.


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